In large scale natural disasters, water contamination and loss are among the leading concerns of preppers. Even when a disaster isn’t imminent, collecting water is useful for reducing your expenses and limiting dependence on municipal supplies. The easiest way to collect water is to store jugs filled with clean, drinkable water, but you have to pay for that water. You should always seek out ways to take advantage of the environment to reduce your expenses and carbon footprint.
Rainwater is a plentiful resource that you do not have to pay for as long as you can find a way to harvest or collect it. Today’s blog focuses on three different rainwater harvesting methods that are both affordable and effective.
1. Barrel System
Using a rain barrel is one of the easiest collection methods for rainwater, and it is likely the most affordable option for those people just starting. The barrel gets connected directly to a downspout and gutter system. Most barrel systems will have a fixture to draw water from. If purchasing a used rain barrel, make sure you know how it was used, including chemicals used for cleaning and filtration purposes.
While people worry about the overflow of their rain barrels, do not purchase a translucent collection system. When a system is seethrough, it allows the sun inside, which can spark algae’s growth. The only way to eliminate algae is with chlorine, which can be dangerous or harmful depending on your uses for the water.
While a collection barrel is an affordable way to harvest rain, its size is one drawback. The limited capacity of the container means that you might lose more water than you collect. Also, if you live in a cold climate, you might only find barrels useful in the warmer months.
2. Dry Collection System
Do not let the name fool you. A dry system only refers to the collection pipe dries after every storm, emptying into the collection container. The dry method is like the barrel system, but it has a larger collection tank, meaning more room for rainwater. The tank is placed near the property. The collection pipe drains into the top of the tank after every storm. This harvesting method is best for areas prone to significant but infrequent storms.
3. Wet Collection System
A wet system is a more expensive option for homeowners, but it offers the largest collection system and is installed underground. There are multiple collection pipes attached to several downspouts on the property that runs underground with this setup. These pipes are always filled with water, which is why it is a wet system. One significant benefit of a wet system is the tank can be installed anywhere.
There are many other methods for harvesting rainwater, but these three are affordable and practical solutions. Remember that to use rainwater as drinking water, you will need to install filtration sterilization methods to make it safe. Do you have any experience with rainwater harvesting? Have you used any of the methods mentioned above, or do you have other advice to share? Leave a comment below.